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Hi J

Well done on coming up with a new product design – it is certainly not easy.

An IP lawyer like myself or a patent attorney could assist with registering the design in Australia and overseas. We can also advise on the strategy for searching existing designs.

Importantly, you should get advice on what aspect or aspects of the design are protectable as there are various IP regimes that apply. You may have read from IP Australia’s website that a product design could be protected through a registered design, patent, trade mark and/or copyright. They have varying processes and associated costs.

There are also industry consultants that can assist with assessing market prospects as well as setting out the path for product development and commercialisation.

The usual first step is to get your design on paper to make it easier to communicate your idea.

I hope that helps and best of luck!